For the Record
“Supi” Quequesah Mays
RONAN — Sophie “Supi” Quequesah Mays, 56, went to be with our
ancestors on November 30, 2009. Supi was a very shy person who loved
her people and dedicated her life to teaching the Salish language. She
started out her educational journey in working her first job as a
secretary for our Salish Kootenai College president Dr. Joseph
McDonald, which led her down the path as a Salish Language Professor
throughout the Flathead Indian Reservation and beyond. Supi was an
awesome instructor, full of life and love when teaching the language.
Supi also worked at Nkwusm
- the Salish Language
Immersion School and also enjoyed fishing, beading, picking apples,
softball, riding horses, fighting fires as well as spending time with
her family and friends
She is survived by husband David Eugene Mays; son
(Lonnie), and their children Kristina and Lawrence Jr.; son Nick and
his children Karlee Jo and Brandee Rhea; daughter Pam (Alfred Woodcock)
and their children Lomah and Sophia; son Doug (Amanda) and their
children Courtney and Justin; son Dan (Evelyn Charlo) and their child
Payton; brother Alec (Betty) Quequesah and his children Tom (Linda
Ferris) and their children J.C. of Spokane, Washington, Maii, Siliye,
Susseli, Ignace and Atwen; Charlie (Sonia) and their children Joanie,
Keithetta and Michael; and Jerome Quequesah and his children Justice,
Preceding Supi in death are her parents Ignace and
(Finley) Quequesah; brothers and sisters, Susan, John, Mose, Mike, Mary
Sue, Martina, Teresa, Pete, Joe, Louie, Tom, Nick and numerous aunts,
uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Mass was held in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission
with burial following in the Ronan Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Nkwusm
Salish Language Immersion School.
ST. IGNATIUS — Surrounded by her family and friends, Christina B.
“Babe” Diaz, 27, passed away Sunday, November 15 at the Kalispell
Regional Hospital from injuries received in an accidental fall.
Tina was born April 11, 1982 in Palm Springs, CA.
raised by her grandmother Beverly Diaz in Pala, CA and went to school
at Bonsall Middle School, Fallbrook High, Ronan High and received her
GED in Livingston.
She married Jesse Brown, who preceded her in
death, and then Torrey Morigeau.
She loved to Jet Ski, watch football and cook. She
was one who
couldn’t live without her satellite TV - her favorite shows were
American Idol, Cops and Trauma. Her children were the most important of
all. Even though she was the manager and cook at Robin’s Early Bird
Market, she was a wonderful, dedicated and loving mother and her
children were her first priority.
She was also preceded in death by a brother Dakota
She is survived by her grandparents Beverly Diaz
and Arthur W.
Diaz, Sr.; father David Diaz, Sr.; brother David Diaz, Jr.; aunts
Frances Diaz Cummings and Dariene Marie Tona; uncle Dennis Diaz, Sr.,
all of Palm Springs, CA; mother Willow Wynn Little Diaz of Hot Springs;
husband Torrey Morigeau; children Dakota, Destiny and Heaven and
stepson Shaydon; mother and father-in-law Robin and C. Douglas
Morigeau; brothers-in-laws Chris, Brandon and Tyler Morigeau and sister
in law Sarah Morigeau, all of the St. Ignatius area; as well as many
great uncles and aunts, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and
friends whom she loved dearly.
She was laid to rest in Jane Augustine Patencio
Cemetery near Palm Springs, CA.
ST. IGNATIUS — Desiree Paullynn Wheeler, newborn, was made an angel
on Sunday, November 22, 2009 when she was born prematurely at St.
Luke’s Community Hospital in Ronan.
She was greeted in Heaven by her sister Lesha
Wheeler, her uncle Paul Wheeler and grandfather Bill Wheeler.
She was the daughter of Donna Cook and Shane
Wheeler; she is
also survived by her brother Marvin; sisters Jessica and Julianne;
grandparents Judy (Terry) Wallaser, all of St. Ignatius; and Claudia
and Roger Cook of Missoula.
The family is planning a service to be held next
summer and will announce the time prior to the service.
Foster Funeral Home is assisting the family with
RONAN — Larry E. Pitts, 52, of Polson, went to be with Jesus on
Monday, November 9, 2009 at St. Luke Community Hospital and was
surrounded by his loving family.
Larry was born on September 29, 1957 in Missoula
and was the
son of Eugene and Faye Oehrling Pitts of Dixon. Larry grew up in Dixon
and graduated from Dixon High School as the class Valedictorian in
1975. He then attended the University of Montana and the East-West
College of Massage Therapy in Portland, OR. He was also an enrolled
member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
In 1979, Larry married Ginger Olson and they lived
Portland, and then later moved back to the Mission Valley at which time
he opened a massage practice in Polson, “Massage for Health”.
At age 12, Larry was diagnosed with diabetes and
received a kidney transplant in which his sister, KoLynn, gladly
donated hers. Health was important to Larry and that same year, he went
to work for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Health
Department as a community health representative. He enjoyed this
position as it allowed him to go into people’s homes to coach them in
healthier living. Larry eventually became a fitness specialist at the
Ronan and St. Ignatius Tribal Health fitness facilities. He hosted the
PBS TV program, “Good Medicine” for many years and loved working with
the media crew at SKC. It was another good outlet to broadcast his zany
personality. He was also an enthusiastic member of the Mission Valley
Power board, building wonderful relationships with other board members.
Larry attended the CMA Church in Polson and gave
his life to
the Lord there in 1989. He loved playing the congos with the CMA
worship team, and for the past six years at the New Life Christian
Center. From a young age Larry enjoyed sports and became an MOA
official for basketball while he was in college. He also refereed NCAA
Women’s College Basketball. Always athletic, he excelled at multiple
sports with the proud support of his parents. He passed on his
enthusiasm for sports to his children and loved both coaching, and
watching his children compete. Other parents will attest to the fact
that Larry loved bragging about his kids, and was quick to work them
into his conversations.
Larry loved people and people loved
Larry. He was a friend to everyone and was always ready to listen and
encourage all who came to him. Friends knew that they could call him at
any time, day or night, and reach a listening ear and loving advice. He
adored this community, and poured his life out for his native brothers
A beloved husband, father, son, brother, and
friend, Larry was not easily overlooked and his presence lit up a room.
His constant encouragement and selfless love for others has impacted
the lives of many. He lived a life of integrity in his walk with the
Lord, and his actions corresponded with his passionate convictions.
Larry claimed that Philippians 4:13 was his life-verse, and he knew
that in Christ’s strength he could do absolutely anything. Though
always small in stature, his native brothers affectionately referred to
him as “little big-man”. He possessed a fun and crazy sense of humor,
which shone through his life, despite the circumstances.
include his loving wife, Ginger Pitts of Polson; daughter, Whitney
Pitts of Polson and Spokane, WA; son, Taylor Pitts of Polson; parents
Gene and Faye Pitts of Dixon; two sisters, Lettie (John) Neuman of
Missoula, and KoLynn (Paul) Sinclair of Yakima, WA; two brothers, Garry
(Christine) Pitts of Polson, and Terry (Crystal) Pitts of Dixon; five
sisters-in-law, Carolyn Cole of Polson, Linda (Kendall) Dupuis of
Polson, Amy (Dan) Toelke of Ronan, Bonnie (Dan) Horton of Bellevue, WA,
and Melody (Bob) Thiel of Polson; a brother-in-law, Matt (Chiko) Olson
of Helena; mother-in-law, Lou (Jim) Duford of Polson; and a host of
nieces and nephews.
A memorial service were held on Saturday, November
14 at the
Linderman Gymnasium in Polson with Pastor Shawn Madsen officiating. In
lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations in Larry’s name to
Youth With a Mission (YWAM) - New Wave, at 40972 Farm Rd., Polson, MT
The family would like to thank Dr. Meg Eddy, Dr.
and Dr. Paul Gochis, as well as the wonderful staff at St. Luke
Community Hospital for their loving and attentive care. He considered
all of you to be friends.
Messages of condolence may be
expressed to the family online at www.groganfuneralhome.com. The Grogan
Funeral Home and Crematory, Polson is honored to assist Larry’s family.